DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS: Appreciation Dinner
Nearly 60 Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors from the Upstate New York region joined together with their host, Archbishop Michael, for an evening of thanks and fellowship in Ballston Spa NY. This was the final of four appreciaition dinners recognizing the financial contributions of 2016 DDBs from throughout the diocese and beyond who support and make possible vital ministries to parishes and seminarians. To learn about the DDB and join them, go here >>>
2017 YOUTH DAY at Six Flags Great Adventure
The Annual Diocesan Youth Day will again take place at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ on Thursday, 24 August 2017. The day is open to all Orthodox Youth and their friends, from elementary school age to college students. Information & REGISTER NOW >>>
2017 DIOCESAN CHURCH SCHOOL CONFERENCES
The annual Church School Conference is designed to provide guidance and assistance, with an opportunity for sharing and cooperation, among teachers and others interested or involved in parish religious education programs. It is highly recommended that all clergy and church school coordinators attend this valuable resource. There are two dates and locations of the conference to enable maximum participation. On Saturday, 12 August, a conference for the New Jersey & New York City Deaneries will be in Paramus NJ. On Saturday, 26 August, the New York State Deanery conference will be in Elmira Heights NY. Conference flyers with additional information are available in the "Upcoming Events" section of this webpage.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Father Paul Shafran
Very Reverend Paul Shafran celebrated his 95th birthday on Sunday, 2 July 2017, giving thanks to God for his many blessings which include the ability to continue serving at the altar. Following the Divine Liturgy that morning, the parish of Saint Vladimir in Trenton NJ (where Father Paul is Pastor Emeritus, retired) honored and blessed him with the singing of "Many Years!" A celebration followed in the fellowship hall and a birthday cake was enjoyed by all. The previous day his extended family gathered for an in-home celebration with toasts and photo-trips down memory lane.
BRICK NJ: Father’s Day Celebrations
Archbishop Michael visited the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Brick NJ on "Father's Day" weekend of 17-18 June. During his Archpastoral visit, His Eminence tonsured Veljko Pejovic as a Reader, recognized Archpriest Gary Breton on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of ordination to the Holy Priesthood, and blessed the nearly-completed parish hall and education center. He also received a donation from the parish Church School students representing their Lenten efforts of providing alms to those in need.
DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS
The days of summer bring sunshine and warmth throughout the diocese as flowers blossom and nature reflects new life. As we approach the middle of this year, upcoming Parish Council and Church School Conferences, the Diocesan Youth Day, preparations for another academic year at seminaries and our Diaconal Formation Program remind us of our common work in the Lord’s vineyard. Much of this is only possible thanks to our Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors. You are invited to join them! Learn about the DDB >>>